Asitha Bandaranayake is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computer Engineering at the University of Peradeniya. He received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, USA in 2013, and his BSc in Engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2001. He joined as a Senior Lecturer at University of Peradeniya in 2014. Prior to joining the University, Dr. Bandaranayake worked as a Senior Software/QA Engineer at Cisco Systems Inc., in San Jose, CA, USA for nearly 2 years, where he won several performance awards.
He is a skilled university lecturer with a passion for teaching, research and administration. His research interest is in the areas of Computer Networks, Wireless Mesh Networks, Sensor Networks, Low-cost IoT and IoT applications, Smart Agriculture, Data Science, Machine Learning, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, and Blended Learning. Dr. Bandaranayake is also a keen and ambitious administrator. As the Director of Network and Communication Services Center (NCSU) at University of Peradeniya, from 2014 – 2021, he developed the master plan for upgrade & extension of the campus network, with a vision for next 20-30 years. Dr. Bandaranayake is currently serving as the Consultant CTO of Lanka Education and Research Network (LEARN), where he is working on taking the LEARN network and the services to next generation. He was a visiting research scholar at the University of Cincinnati, OH, USA, and a Senior Member of the IEEE, IEEE Computer Society and the IEEE Communication Society.
The NREN Need Assessment grant project was initiated by TEIN*CC under the [email protected] project to provide comprehensive insight and analysis of NREN needs leading to activities that will benefit NRENs.
The information is gathered through both surveys and interviews with the various NRENs organisations and some of their members. The session will start with a presentation introducing the background and the preliminary findings of the NREN Needs Assessment (NNA) under the [email protected] project. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on the key findings, their impact on the NRENs, possible remedial actions to be taken, etc.